I fell in love with this text from Mochtar Lubis one of writer in Indonesia, who made this speech 1970s Jakarta which talked about becoming a citizen of Indonesia. What I found & why I am interested in that text is I find it still relevant now. I just waited until I have the right place, the right ideal, the right ethics to create something with this text. So when Rumah Sanur asked me to do another piece, I thought this is the best place for it because I think Rumah Sanur has the same spirit.
Working with the common connections between Australia & Indonesia, street artist ROA chose to paint a baby echidna, an animal that exists in both countries. Renowned for his depiction of animals in black and white, originally from Belgium ROA was presented in collaboration with TropicaFestival, Artotel Sanur – Bali, Villa Indah Ubud & Rumah Sanur – Creative Hub.
The mural, the Legend of Calonarang is a depiction of an Indonesian folklore story that originated in Bali. The goal of the painting is to highlight Indonesian culture & local foreigners collaborations, a reflection of Rumah Sanur’s values & ideas. I chose to highlight these two points while talking about a famous Indonesian legend as interpreted by my foreign eye and references.
The last thing I remember about Bali is how the youth in Bali is struggling with the case of disempowerment. I find my friends involved in the movement to help so I hope maybe my work can give them more fire or fire to do the struggle. So, what happened when I came to Rumah Sanur I thought maybe I can play a big part in that movement by creating a big piece that empowers.